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Summer will end as fast as the splash of a cannonball in the Floating Pool. So to make sure your autumn — arguably the best time of the year to live in Brooklyn — lasts as long as the line for the Floating Pool, we give you this, our annual Fall Preview.

Sept. 3

It may still be hot as and muggy as monsoon in India (or summer in Brooklyn), but this is your last chance to swim in a city pool until June 2008. So spread your towel on the wet concrete, soak up the sun in your string bikini and dive in (jump, actually; diving is forbidden).

For pool locations, visit nyc.gov/ parks or call 311.

Sept. 4

School opens for millions of kids, including up to 60 attending the first year of the controversial, Boerum Hill-based Khalil Gibran International Academy, the Arabic language and culture school that has sparked headlines from here to Jerusalem. Stay tuned.

Khalil Gibran International Academy (345 Dean St., between Third and Fourth Avenues).

Sept. 9

Grandpa and Grandma aren’t the only ones trying to make the most of their waning years. While Coney Island celebrates Grandparents Day with a “Sea Life Sock Hop,” local activists fight off the demise of their beloved amusement district, gearing up for a conflict that could rival Atlantic Yards in its ferocity.

Sea Life Sock Hop, New York Aquarium (602 Surf Ave., between W. Fifth and W. Eighth streets), noon–4 pm. For information, call (718) 220-5100.

Sept. 13

Jews and Muslims begin observance of Rosh Hashanah and Ramadan, respectively. See, they have so much in common! Maybe there is hope for peace after all!

Sept. 18

The politically astute head to the polls to select candidates for a number of highly arcane offices, including the lucrative Kings County Surrogate judgeship. That race has garnered an unusual amount press thanks to candidate ShawnDya Simpson, whom critics claim not only doesn’t live at her Brooklyn address, but is also connected to disgraced and convicted former party boss Clarence Norman.

To find your polling place, go to www.vote.nyc.ny.us or call (212) VOTE-NYC.

Sept. 20

The DUMBO Improvement District hosts a fundraiser that pits classical musicians against hip-hop artists, break dancers versus modern dancers, and artsy-fartsy types against artsy-fartsy types. The final act in the four-round “DUMBO Fight Night: The Fight to Preserve DUMBO” is an actual boxing match featuring athletes from Gleason’s Gym.

DUMBO Fight Night, St. Ann’s Warehouse (38 Water St., at Dock Street), 6 pm. Tickets: $50 or $100 for families (do the math). For information, visit www.dumbonyc.org or call (718) 237-8700.

Sept. 21

Yom Kippur begins. Jews absolve their sins of the past 365 days by fasting for 24 hours, and then tearing through bagels and smoked salmon. Bruce Ratner tears down a building.

Sept. 24

Still a diehard Dodgers fan, even though the team left Brooklyn exactly a half-century ago? Then come to 55 Sullivan Pl. today between noon and 5 pm. Someone’s sure to be at the site of Ebbets Field to mark the 50th anniversary of the Dodgers’ final home game — a 2–0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in front of a crowd of 6,702. No wonder they left.

Former site of Ebbets Field (55 Sullivan Pl., between McKeever Place and Bedford Avenue).

Sept. 30

Bensonhurst gears up for its celebration of controversial explorer Christopher Columbus with its 26th annual Brooklyn Columbus Parade Fundraising Brunch, and then the actual parade on Oct. 6.

Columbus Parade brunch, Oriental Manor (1818 86th St., at 18th Avenue), Sept. 30, noon … Columbus Parade (18th Avenue, from 61st Street to 84th Street), Oct. 6, 1 pm. For information, call (718) 259-2828.

Oct. 9

Come hear oral arguments in what may be the last gasp of the anti-Atlantic Yards federal eminent domain lawsuit, filed by dogged opponent Daniel Goldstein against former Governor Pataki.

Goldstein v. Pataki, U.S. Court of Appeals (500 Pearl St., between Centre Street and Cardinal Hayes Place in Manhattan), 10 am. For information, call (718) 362-4784.

Oct. 31

Watch Park Slopers doll up their little dears in all manner of preciously adorable costumes to celebrate that most glorious of American holidays: Halloween. Look for our grizzled editor as the Tin Man and his daughter as Dorothy.

Park Slope Civic Council Halloween Parade (Seventh Avenue, between Union and 12th Streets), 6:30 pm. For information, call (718) 832-8227.

Nov. 17–18

Where better to celebrate the Beaujolais Nouveau than with the totally laid-back LeNell Smothers at LeNell’s? Get there before she ditches Red Hook for Gaphattan.

LeNell’s (416 Van Brunt St., between Coffey and Van Dyke streets), noon. For information, call (718) 360-0838.

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